Governor Darius and a Looping Political Appointment in Taraba


It’s hard to imagine that the Special Adviser to Gov. Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Habu could debunked a purported appointment of four youths as Special Advisers to Governor Ishaku.

A statement signed by Bala Dan Habu was released by the Special Adviser to Gov. Ishaku on New Media, Nelson C Lens via his Facebook page.

Bala Dan Habu in a statement drew the list of the purported appointees being circulated on social media with Terence Joseph, Emmanuel Ernest, Neirus Yulem and Yusuf Aliyu believed to be appointed by Governor Darius as special advisers without mentioning portfolios.

The statement said “The attention of His Excellency, Gov Darius Dickson Ishaku has been drawn to a publication on social media announcing the appointments of the following as Senior Special Assistants in the Government of Taraba State.”

Bala Dan Habu further added that “This is not true. His Excellency has not given approval for any such new appointments and hereby dissociates himself from the purported appointments.”

Meanwhile, a popular WhatsApp group named “Taraba Youth Development” has received several congratulatory messages applauding Gov. Ishaku for considering youths in his cabinet. The WhatsApp group has Gov. Ishaku and many prominent politicians in the state as participants.

Such public embarrassment for a plum political appointment in Taraba May have flouts the ironclad rules governing behavior of those seeking political appointments. Among the code of conduct for a plum of appointment in public office is that thou shalt not appear to want a job.

Put simply, since Gov. Darius has not yet constituted his cabinet, it is a good time for anyone to go over the rules of the road instead of looping

Jen Jibrin
Public Affairs Analyst


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